The origin of the White Maiden grape variety is uncertain – unanimously recognized as an old variety, with millennial roots, it was identified either as a result of a carefully popular selection of Black Maiden grapes, or as being brought from Spain by Traian’s colonists, after Dacia’s conqueror. White Maiden is the most cultivated grape variety in Romania, in terms of land occupied, as being perfectly adapted to the climate.
The shape of the grapes is cylindrical-conical, with a multitude of small berries, of a yellowish green color, which, when aged, have a spherical shape. White Feteasca has a great power of sugar accumulation in grapes, according to some specialists, between the highest in the world – reaching even 270g/l sugars, in case of over-ripening.
The superior white wines obtained are mostly dry, though demi dry or demi sweet are also produced, being especially recognized for its delicate, elegant and well-balanced taste. The complexity of the flavors vary in function of the ageing manner – from dried fruits, citrus, linden flowers to honeycombs and mellow apricot. It can also be used in the production of sparkling wines and it blends well with Grasa grape variety.
The wines’ alcoholic strength is balanced, varying between 11,5% vol and 12% vol.
Harvest time occurs in the first half of September.
We recommend to serve it with white meat, dishes with fish, also as aperitives or together with slightly spicy food.